By Luis Gomez
12:49 AM CDT, July 18, 2011
Tim Lopez just managed to beat this week’s 90-degree heat when he and his Plain White T’s bandmates performed at Old St. Pat’s World’s Largest Block Party Friday, but he said he wouldn’t have minded too much even if he had to play in it.
For one, Lopez lives in Austin, Texas, where, he claimed, the temperatures have been a scorching 105 degrees lately. Secondly, the “Hey There Delilah“ band has dealt with far harsher conditions.
“We played a show (in Brandon, Manitoba) last year where it was so cold, you should’ve been dead if you went outside,” said Lopez, the lone member of the band who doesn’t live in the Chicago area, after Friday’s sound check. “It was negative 15 Fahrenheit. We contemplated canceling. Everything on our bodies was numb. We asked the promoter ‘Isn’t this dangerous for people?’ He said ‘Yeah, a girl got frostbite all over her foot last year.’
“We ended up racing through the songs. After each song, we would take a minute to sit in front of the heaters to let our hands thaw.”
Asked which are the band’s most nerve-wracking shows (besides the ones where people are at risk of getting frostbite) lead singer Tom Higgenson said it is Plain White T’s performances on talk shows. Still promoting its “Wonders of the Younger” album and latest single “Boomerang,” the band performed on the “Tonight” show in June and “Live with Regis and Kelly” the month before.
“You have to get there super early to do sound check,” Higgenson said. “Then you sit around backstage for hours. There are six to eight hours for one, three-minute performance and then you leave.”
In addition to making the talk show rounds, the band is still touring (it just got back from Europe, where Lopez said he and his bandmates saw some of their biggest crowds yet in Germany) and will perform again in the Chicago area Aug. 27 at Benedictine University in Lisle.
Higgenson, meanwhile, is putting off talk of the band’s next album. “I’m writing some songs, but I’m not yet thinking about the next album or what it’s going to be,” he said. “I’m just having fun writing songs.”
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